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date: 21 January 2020

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Two scientific models now provide a neuroscience approach to music therapy research and clinical practice so that clients experience lasting, functional outcomes. The Rational-Scientific Mediating Model (R-SMM) first examines the foundations of music perception and production and subsequently explores parallels within nonmusical processes. Identified overlaps provide a critical link between basic and applied science, thus revealing the therapeutic mechanisms by which music changes brain and behavior function. The Transformational Design Model (TDM), a six-step approach to treatment planning, provides a critical link between research and clinical practice as needed for the development and selection of the most suitable therapeutic interventions. The chapter provides specific examples of how these two models may be applied to research and clinical scenarios.

Keywords: music, music therapy, neurorehabilitation, scientific, research, model, neuroscience, clinical practice

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